The first novel written by Haruki Murakami, Hear the Wind Sing follows a Japanese student who spends his summer at home, reminiscing on years past, while keeping his friend, who goes by the name Rat, company.
Personal Take: After reading Wind-Up Bird Chronicles, and After the Quake, I am a huge fan of Murakami. His words (and his translator’s) are so beautifully crafted, and his characters quirky, and always a vehicle of exploring the human nature. His first novel is just the same– not only exploring his character’s life, but the supporting characters as well. Though it was a little aimless, Murakami’s words counted in each chapter. Some chapters also alternated to different formats; one sentences, sketches, even a monologue by a radio host, which was pretty interesting.
It fascinated me that this was his first novel, and how it set the style for his writing. For Murakami fans, I definitely recommend it.
Audience: Adults, as Japanese literature tends veer into the dark side of human nature and introspection.
Other recommendations: I read Wind-up Bird Chronicles and After the Quake– and I recommend both. I’m still working my way through his other works.